The colors of rhodolite appeal to something basic in people. Warm and
exciting hues make this gemstone stand out.
Rhodolite is a "hybrid" (or intermediary) member of the
garnet group of minerals. As you can see in the accompanying images, this
is not your grandmother's common red garnet. The garnet group includes
several species suitable for use in jewelry. Some occur in many locations
around the world... while others are very rare. All members of the garnet
group possess similar physical properties and crystal forms. However the
six species of the "common" garnet group (almandine, pyrope, spessartine,
grossular, uvarovite and andradite) differ in chemical composition.
Just to complicate matters even more, individual garnet crystals are
usually made up of more than one species. For example, the iron in
almandine garnet may be partially replaced by some magnesium in pyrope
The colors of rhodolite can vary according to the percentage of iron, manganese, and trace elements in a particular crystal. Both almandine and
pyrope are red garnets, but with the extremely complicated chemistry of
garnets, Rhodolite colors range from pinks, to purples, to deep reds.
Rhodolite is a bright and lively gem. It has a relatively high refractive
index (1.77 - 1.82). The "toughness" and hardness of this gem (7
- 7.5) on the Mohs Scale) makes it suitable for finger rings as well as
Since being discovered/identified in North Carolina in the 1880's,
rhodolite has been found in multiple locations. Deposits are located in
Madagascar, East Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe),
Asia (Thailand, Burma, China, Sri Lanka, India), Brazil, and North
The name rhodolite is thought to be derived from the Greek word for
rose (rhodon). An alternate story is that when this hybrid garnet was
discovered (circa 1883) by the prominent geologist and mineralogist,
William Earl Hidden, he named it after his home state... Rhode Island.
Rhodolite is also referred to as grape garnet, raspberry garnet, and a
term I had never heard... pyrandine. I suppose each refers to the gem's
The colors of rhodolite are pleasing and fashionable. These gems come in
sizes suitable for use as solitaires, center stones, and smaller accent
stones. The cost of rhodolite is very reasonable.
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Rhodolite - Deep red
Rhodolite - Raspberry
Rhodolite - Pink orchid
Rhodolite - Radiant orchid
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A Google search for links or images using keywords such as pantone
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We keep gem prices low by buying quality gemstone rough
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Gem Industry News
Hoard of Rare Gold Coins Found
You have probably already heard stories about the lucky couple in Northern California.
They were out walking the family dog on their rural property when they noticed
what looked like a rusty tin can barely poking out of the ground beneath an old tree.
When they went to remove it, they discovered its contents... gold coins from the
Then they did exactly what you would have done... they dug around looking for
more. And they found more. Some news reports say there were six cans unearthed,
other reports say there were eight cans. What the reports agree on is that the
cans contained 1,427 gold coins with a face value of about $27,000. The coin
dates range between 1847 and 1894.
David Hall, of Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana has
authenticated and graded the condition of the coins. Most coins are in
uncirculated, mint condition. All of the coins are in demand by collectors, and
some are very rare and very valuable. The "Saddle Ridge
Hoard" may be sold through Amazon.com, and could bring as much as 10 million
The couple plan to do some significant charitable giving with their share,
but that will have to wait until federal and state taxes take half or more of
From a supply perspective, now is the time to replenish your depleted inventory.
If you have some money to invest in inventory - there are deals to be had.
And you should have some cash. After all, that depleted inventory was sales.
From a sales perspective, gift giving occasions have not disappeared. Birthdays,
anniversaries, and many other reasons to give nice jewelry at a great price just
keep on coming. Your customers (and their friends) need what you offer!
The birthstone for March is aquamarine. This pretty, pastel blue sister of
green emerald, is popular with many people... not just those born in March.
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